There is one final act to come in an eventful season for Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have experienced real highs and frustrating lows.
The team’s inconsistency led to avoidable losses against strugglers Watford, Bournemouth and West Ham among others.
The season had begun so well, with a 4-0 demolition of Chelsea at Old Trafford. Then we came crashing back to reality in the next home game, a 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace.
This has been the issue. United have beaten the stronger teams, and found it tough against sides in the bottom half of the table.
For a while back in October, United were in the bottom half, which led to some tabloids mockingly tipping the team for a relegation fight.
So it is testament to Solskjaer’s work that he has United up to fifth place, just three points off a Champions League spot.
We owe Chelsea some thanks too. Their own poor form has kept us in with a shout.
Just as everything appeared to be coming together, and the team found some consistency with an unbeaten run, the season was halted.
It won’t be easy
It will not be simple to pick up where we left off. The team has to re-adapt physically and mentally to the next challenge.
There are tough fixtures ahead, away against Tottenham and Leicester to name two.
What United do have right now, is a sense of stability, on the pitch and in the dugout.
All season there have been whispers from the media over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job, with potential replacements like Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino touted.
That has all gone away for now, with United seemingly comfortable with the Solskjaer project and the continuation of the current plan.
What lies ahead could make or break this. A run of wins could solidify United’s plan, with Champions League football secured.
But if United fall off, and end up scrambling for a 7th or 8th placed finish, the feel good factor will be gone. And the rumours over Solskjaer’s job will restart.
There is one more twist ahead in this extended season. We just don’t know which way it will go.
Having experienced the highs and lows of the past 12 months, rule nothing out.
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